The Point: A Failed Formula

Remember that definition of insanity? For the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

It may not have been said by Albert Einstein, but it’s true. “The definitions of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

I think about this every time I read another article about “why young people are leaving the Church.” So many of these articles are written by progressives or ex-evangelicals proclaiming that churches must adopt liberal theology, LGBT ideology, and focus on social justice rather than sin and salvation if they hope to survive.

But churches and denominations have already tried this for years, and the ones who have are overwhelmingly old, white, and dying. The churches losing members at a dizzying rate still are the ones that have ordained gay clergy and are preaching a social gospel. On the other hand, their conservative counterparts are growing still.

Look, young people don’t need another institution to make them feel good. They need one that will tell them the truth about sin, and the Savior Who calls them to be transformed in the world, not conformed to it.

Resources

Every dying church in America has a community garden
  • Andrew Forrest | faithandleadership.com | April 18, 2017

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  • Robert Cremer

    The thinking behind the liberal theology is, since I’m O.K. and your O.K. we don’t need Jesus. Since we don’t need Jesus, why hang out at a church.
    The good news is that the false thinking about being O.K. will eventually fail as their sin starts to hurt when their life falls apart.
    The real church has people ready to honestly admit, I am broken and you are broken. So let’s work together with the help of Jesus to get better.

    • gladys1071

      I think it can go both ways. Thinking that we are alright and not sinners is of course not accurate, but so is self-loathing all of the time about our failures and flaws is also not accurate, I don’t believe in “total depravity” of man nor do i believe we are good either. Human nature falls somewhere in between not being righteous and not being totally depraved either. I try to keep our human nature in perspective that yes we are sinners and flawed and will never reach perfection as long as we are in these bodies, but we also need to recognize that we are self-ish human beings and need Jesus.